By CHRIS LADD
After several months of preperation the Dogwood Hills Municipal Course will open to the public Monday morning.
The city voted in April to acquire the nine-hole course in April, for $255,000.
Portland Parks and Recreation Department began working on the course in early May. The city of Portland hired Golf Management Group from Brentwood to act as a consultant for the course. During the time the focus has been to improve the greens and the area around the tee boxes.
“The consultant group has been with us since day one and has been very helpful during this process,” Portland Parks Director Jamie White said. “They helped us get the right treatment for the greens to get them back in better shape. We still have a way to go with the greens.”
Portland Mayor Kenneth Wilber echoed the statement by White about the consultant and the condition of the course.
“We hired a great consultant,” Wilber said. “The greens are in a much better shape than before and will continue to get better. We still have a way to go and we ask for the community to be patient in the beginning.”
White and his staff has done daily mowing, fixing equipment, trying to figure out a good daily routine, and completed the bridgework by putting railing up. The city has also added 24 golf carts that will be ready to go on Monday.
“It took us a while to figure out the best approach,” White added. “We wanted to make this look presentable to the public. We just started mowing the course piece by piece.”
White also said the existing members have been helpful with helping the parks staff with the understanding of operations and daily maintenance.
Wilber says he is happy to see the golf course open on Monday.
“Jamie and his crew has done a great job with the grass and the maintenance of the course,” Wilber added. “We’re excited for everyone to come out and start playing the course again.”
According to both White and Mayor Wilber the golf course still has a lot of work to do to get the course in pristine condition. They both ask that everyone be patient as the next round of challenges will be the daily operation of the facility.
“I hope everyone will be patient as we get all of the kinks worked out,” White said. “Our goal is to get the golf course in great condition, but it will take time.”
Mayor Wilber hopes the golf course will attract new golfers from the area since it will now be a public course.
“I hope everyone that has never had an opportunity to play the course will come out and play,” Wilber said.
The ribbon cutting will take place at 7 a.m. on Monday.
DOGWOOD HILLS MUNICIPAL COURSE
Fees for remainder of 2018
Weekday (Monday-Thursday) Weekend (Fri, Sat, Sun)
9 holes walking $10 $15
18 holes walking $15 $20
9 holes riding $15 $20
18 holes riding $20 $25
Cart fee rider only $10 $10
$40 per hour
$100 Damage Deposit
$4 per basket